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8 Ways to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

2015-2016We all have good intentions when we set New Year’s resolutions. We intend to make a change for the better. We want to reach our goals. We plan to make them happen. Yet, only about 8% of people achieve their resolutions.

So, how do they do it? Here are 8 tips for keeping your New Year’s resolutions this year:

Keep it simple
We tend to get a little gung ho about the new year. It’s easy to end up with a resolutions list that looks like a grocery list. When you set your expectations too high, it makes it easier to fail. Try to limit your list to two or three resolutions you intend to keep. You’ll maintain your focus and efforts with just a few resolutions.

Make it realistic
You may want to lose weight as one of your resolutions. You need to set a tangible, realistic goal. For instance, you may want to lose 50 pounds. However, it may take you over a year to create a healthy routine that allows you to shed the weight and maintain your results.

Create a plan
One way to help keep your resolutions and meet your goals is to create a plan. If you want to lost weight, you can set weekly goals for changing your eating habits and establishing an exercise routine. For instance, the first week you can go through your cabinets and eliminate the less healthy food choices. Create a grocery list of nutritious food options. You might also decide to walk for 30 minutes 4 or 5 days a week. When you have short-term goals, you are more likely to stay committed and on-track for the longer term.

Be passionate
Make sure you choose resolutions that you really want. Put some careful thought into it. You may be feeling overwhelmed and frustrated with your work-life balance. Take some time to think about how you can create more harmony between these two parts of your life. You can make an effort to shut work off in the evenings after 6pm and all day Saturday and Sunday. You may want to work on your relationships with family. Develop a plan to do one fun activity with your spouse and/or kids once a week.

Track it
Tracking your progress will help you stay accountable and keep the resolution in the front of your mind. If your goal is to exercise, write your achievements on a calendar where you can check it regularly. Or, put a gold star on the calendar when you do something as a family. Seeing your results will encourage you to work even harder at maintaining your goal.

Celebrate your successes
You deserve to acknowledge a job well done. Think about ways to treat yourself when you reach the milestones you’ve set. Just be sure it’s a positive reward that will help you on your journey to a healthier, happier you. If your goal is to get your finances in order and pay down debt, then going on a shopping spree may not be a good reward.

Believe in yourself
Your biggest fan has to be you. No matter how much friends or family may support you, it comes down to you. Breaking down a big goal into smaller steps can help you build up your belief that you can do it. Once you see you can make small changes in your behavior and habits, you will be inspired to do more.

Forgive yourself
Don’t give up if you slip up here and there. No one is perfect. It’s how you handle the setbacks that matter. If you go out with friends and eat too many fried, fattening foods topped off with a big dessert, then get back to your regular routine the next day. Getting off track every once in a while shouldn’t deter your from continuing toward your goal.

Here’s to a happy, healthy and more balanced 2016! Have you set any New Year’s resolutions? What will you do to increase your chances of keeping them?

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6 Tips to a Safe and Healthy New Year’s Eve

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The presents have been unwrapped, leftovers from Christmas dinner are in the fridge, and now it’s time to plan for New Year’s Eve.

While you’re looking ahead to parties and fun with friends and family, be sure to keep everyone safe and healthy.

Here are 6 tips to creating safe, happy, and healthy New Year’s Eve festivities:

Traveling
If you plan to drive on New Year’s Eve, it goes without saying – don’t drink and drive. If you have a friend or family member who doesn’t drink, ask them to be a designated driver. When driving, be extra alert behind the wheel. You don’t know if someone else may be driving impaired. In addition, this is the time for winter weather in many parts of the country. Make sure you have an emergency safety kit in your vehicle if you’re traveling in bad weather.

Celebrating
Don’t sit your drink down anywhere. Even if you’re sipping a non-alcoholic beverage, keep track of your drink. It’s too easy for someone to spike a drink while you’re having fun. If you are drinking, pay attention to how much you’re consuming. It’s easy to get caught up in the good times. Be sure to eat some food and drink water throughout the night to stay hydrated. When popping a champagne bottle, aim the cork away from people. While it’s fun to pop the cork, people get hurt more often than you think!

Public events
If you’re attending a public event, be aware of your surroundings at all times. Watch how others are acting. It can quickly become dangerous if someone is out of control. Never go to an unfamiliar place alone. If you’re with a group, be sure to stay together and keep an eye on each other. Don’t let friends or family members leave alone.

Hosting a party
You are responsible for your guests. Make sure everyone is staying within their limits. Confirm that guests have someone who can drive them home, or be prepared to call a cab if needed. Offer plenty of non-alcoholic beverages and snack foods for your guests.

Fireworks
When it comes to fireworks, the same rules apply on New Year’s Eve that would apply any other time of the year. Know the rules and regulations of using fireworks in your area. In fact, it’s best to leave it to the professionals, especially if alcohol may be involved. Be sure to celebrate safely!

Pets
Loud noises can scare pets. Be careful of popping champagne corks or exploding fireworks. Give extra attention to pets so they don’t run away. In addition, having strange people at your house can frighten pets, or cause them to panic and bite someone. Keep pets inside or even in another area of the house away from crowds and loud noises.

New Year’s Eve is a wonderful time to celebrate. It marks the beginning of a new year and new possibilities. Take a few extra steps and make sure you ring in a safe, happy, and healthy 2016.

8 Ways to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

Untitled-1We all have good intentions when we set New Year’s resolutions. We intend to make a change for the better. We want to reach our goals. We plan to make them happen. Yet, only about 8% of people achieve their resolutions.

So, how do they do it? Here are 8 tips for keeping your New Year’s resolutions this year:

Keep it simple
We tend to get a little gung ho about the new year. It’s easy to end up with a resolutions list that looks like a grocery list. When you set your expectations too high, it makes it easier to fail. Try to limit your list to two or three resolutions you intend to keep. You are able to maintain your focus and efforts with just a few resolutions.

Make it realistic
You may want to lose weight as one of your resolutions. You need to set a tangible, realistic goal. For instance, you may want to lose 50 pounds. However, it may take you over a year to create a healthy routine that allows you to shed the weight and maintain your results.

Create a plan
One way to help keep your resolutions and meet your goals is to create a plan. If you want to lost weight, you can set weekly goals for changing your eating habits and establishing an exercise routine. For instance, the first week you can go through your cabinets and eliminate the less healthy food choices. Create a grocery list of nutritious food options. You might also decide to walk for 30 minutes 4 or 5 days a week. When you have short-term goals, you are more likely to stay committed and on-track for the longer term.

Be passionate
Make sure you choose resolutions that you really want. Put some careful thought into it. You may be feeling overwhelmed and frustrated with your work-life balance. Take some time to think about how you can create more harmony between these two parts of your life. You can make an effort to shut work off in the evenings after 6pm and all day Saturday and Sunday. You may want to work on your relationships with family. Develop a plan to do one fun activity with your spouse and/or kids once a week.

Track it
Tracking your progress will help you stay accountable and keep the resolution in the front of your mind. If your goal is to exercise, write your achievements on a calendar where you can check it regularly. Or, put a gold star on the calendar when you do something as a family. Seeing your results will encourage you to work even harder at maintaining your goal.

Celebrate your successes
You deserve to acknowledge a job well done. Think about ways to treat yourself when you reach the milestones you’ve set. Just be sure it’s a positive reward that will help you on your journey to a healthier, happier you. If your goal is to get your finances in order and pay down debt, then going on a shopping spree may not be a good reward.

Believe in yourself
Your biggest fan has to be you. No matter how much friends or family may support you, it comes down to you. Breaking down a big goal into smaller steps can help you build up your belief that you can do it. Once you see you can make small changes in your behavior and habits, you will be inspired to do more.

Forgive yourself
Don’t give up if you slip up here and there. No one is perfect. It’s how you handle the setbacks that matter. If you go out with friends and eat too many fried, fattening foods topped off with a big dessert, then get back to your regular routine the next day. Getting off track every once in a while shouldn’t deter your from continuing toward your goal.

Here’s to a happy, healthy and more balanced 2015! Have you set any New Year’s resolutions? What will you do to increase your chances of keeping them?